F2B-Philippines: Visa Bulletin Predictions

What does Immigration Planner predict?

Our latest predictions for the Final Action Dates of F2B for the 🇵🇭Philippines.
Children of Green Card holders who are adults, but not married.

F2B, the 🇵🇭Philippines – Final Action Dates Predictions FY2019 – FY2021:

Visa Bulletin
Final Action
Nov 2020Aug 1, 2011
Dec 2020Aug 1, 2011
Jan 2021Sep 1, 2011
Feb 2021Oct 1, 2011
Mar 2021Nov 1, 2011
Apr 2021Dec 1, 2011
May 2021Jan 1, 2012
Jun 2021Feb 8, 2012
Jul 2021Mar 8, 2012
Aug 2021Apr 8, 2012
Sep 2021May 8, 2012
Oct 2021Jun 15, 2012
Nov 2021Jul 15, 2012
Dec 2021Aug 15, 2012
Jan 2022Sep 15, 2012
Feb 2022Oct 15, 2012
Mar 2022Nov 15, 2012
Apr 2022Dec 15, 2012
May 2022Jan 22, 2013
Jun 2022Feb 22, 2013
Jul 2022Mar 22, 2013
Aug 2022Apr 22, 2013
Sep 2022May 22, 2013
Oct 2022Jun 22, 2013
Nov 2022Jul 22, 2013
Dec 2022Sep 1, 2013
Jan 2023Oct 1, 2013
Feb 2023Nov 1, 2013
Mar 2023Dec 1, 2013
Apr 2023Jan 1, 2014
May 2023Feb 8, 2014
Jun 2023Mar 8, 2014
Jul 2023Apr 8, 2014
Aug 2023May 15, 2014
Sep 2023Jun 15, 2014
Oct 2023Jul 15, 2014

Don’t see your Priority Date? Want to know when your Interview will take place? Get more details with Immigration Planner.

What is the latest?

Visa Bulletin Date:Nov 2020
Chargeability:The Philippines
Final Action Date:Aug 1, 2011
Over the last 20 years, the best advancement for F2B-Phil was 2012 with 16 months. Then, came the pandemic year of 2020 when the Visa Office thought it would be a good idea to advance F2B by 36 months.... Just like mad Doctors packing the waiting room with patients that they will never be able to see.

See F2B for All Countries and Mexico.

Note: U.S. immigration agencies ‘Fiscal Year’ is from October to the following September. It is different from a ‘Calendar’ year. For example Fiscal Year 2018 is from October 2017 to September 2018, and Fiscal Year 2019 is from October 2018 to September 2019.

Last Six
Visa Bulletin
Final Action
Nov 2020Aug 1, 2011None
Oct 2020Aug 1, 2011None
Sep 2020Aug 1, 2011+17 weeks
Aug 2020Apr 1, 2011+12 weeks
Jul 2020Jan 1, 2011+17 weeks
Jun 2020Sep 1, 2010+13 weeks

I am going through adjustment of status, what else applies to me?

Applicants going through Adjustment of Status are often allowed to use the ‘Filing Date’ of the Visa Bulletin to determine when they are allowed to file Form I-485. Here is the latest:

Filing Date
Apr 1, 2012None✔︎ Yes, the Filing Date can be used

Historically, how long did it take for F2B-Philippines applicants to become ‘current’?

This is how long it took for prior F2B-Philippines applicants to have their priority date become current, plus our prediction for the next few years:

If you can, should you ‘opt-out’ of F1 right now?

When sponsors who were Green Card holders become U.S. Citizen, their over-21-year-old unmarried children are moved from F2B to F1. But these applicants can also ‘opt-out’ from F1 and stay in F2B. Should they? That is what we are trying to help applicants determine here:

Does F1 have an advantage over F2B?Yes
Should applicants 'opt-out' of F1?No
Where is F1 compared to F2B (in Months)?4.533333333
Last update? November 2020

This is how F1 compared to F2B historically, and our prediction for the next few years:

When will the Interview be scheduled?

The process of scheduling the interview is initiated by U.S. immigration agencies when the following two requirements are met:

  • The applicant’s Priority Date is ‘current’ when compared to the relevant ‘Final Action Date’
  • The applicant’s Green Card Case is ‘interview-ready’ (also called ‘case complete’ or ‘documentarily qualified’, meaning that all the proper Forms, Evidence, and Fees necessary to make a decision on the Green Card Application have been received by U.S. Immigration Agencies).

Being ‘current’ means that the applicant’s Priority Date (which is when Form I-130 was filed) is ‘earlier’ than the relevant Final Action Date. If the relevant Final Action Date is January 1st 2018, then applicants with a Priority Date ‘earlier’ (that is up to December 31st 2016) are said to be current.
The relevant Final Action Date refers to the Final Action Date that applies to applicants based on their preference classification (F1, F2A, F2B, F3, F4) and countries of birth (Philippines, All Countries, …).

The month when the applicant’s Priority Date is current, U.S. Immigration agencies look for an available Interview slot in the month after next (if the applicant’s priority date becomes current in January, then they will start looking for slots in March). How long applicants wait depend on how busy the U.S. Consulate or USCIS Field office is.

What happened during Fiscal Year 2018?

Fiscal Year 2018 refers to the period from October 2017 to September 2018. The following graph compares the last 20 years of the Visa Bulletin with Fiscal Year 2018 (represented by the annotated line). Fiscal Year 2018 was below the average of the last 20 years for F2B-Philippines:

When will Immigration Planner update its predictions?

We expect to update our predictions the day after the next Visa Bulletin is released. Our best guess as to when we will update these predictions is as follows:

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